Justices won't hear appeal of NY internet taxation

December 2, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has refused to consider throwing out New Yorks State’s taxes on internet purchases on websites like Amazon.com, a move that could change the way Internet commerce works.

The high court on Monday refused to hear appeals from Amazon.com LLC and Overstock.com Inc., in their fights against a state law that forces them to remit sales tax  the same way in-state businesses do.

Web retailers generally have not had to charge sales taxes in states where they lack a store or some other physical presence when it uses affiliates -- people and businesses that refer customers to the retailer’s website and collect a commission on sales.

Amazon and Overstock both use affiliate programs.

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